Service-Oriented Architecture

Almost every software vendor will tell you their applications are based on service-oriented architecture (SOA). However, if you take a closer look, you'll see that not everything advertised as “SOA” is truly service oriented. At Epicor, we deliver on our promises and have created enterprise solutions that were specially developed using best practices for genuine service-oriented design

What is Service-Oriented Architecture?

Simply put, SOA is an approach to software design that involves breaking down software processes into services. Each service provides functionality that can be adapted to meet the unique needs of an individual business. Those services are then made available and discoverable on a network using standard protocols.

Software engineers use service-oriented design because it makes it easier to integrate applications and optimize business processes and workflows.

Benefits of Service-Oriented Architecture

SOA makes integration easy while facilitating collaboration and information sharing throughout your organization and with your external partners.

Service orientation can help support a business model that crosses organizational lines, because SOA makes it easier to integrate new solutions with your existing business systems. Enhanced interoperability means you can easily combine salesforce automation, eCommerce activities, payroll processes, and more into one system.

By exposing business processes, SOA helps companies focus on improving operations. SOA allows you to customize your business processes without modifying source code, so you can easily update and align your system to match your unique business needs. Enhance collaboration, facilitate end-to-end business processes, and improve operational efficiency with service-oriented architecture.

SOA for Business Process Management

Service-oriented architecture allows you to streamline, customize, and optimize your business processes. Increased process visibility helps your company become more agile and meet customer demands faster while maintaining high quality and reliability.

Most importantly, SOA keeps the complexities of application-to-application and business-to-business integration at arm's length—significantly reducing costs. Epicor offers a wide range of SOA-based solutions to help you connect people, processes, and applications for a flexible, visible, and agile business.

The Epicor Approach to SOA

Epicor uses service-oriented architecture in many of our most popular ERP solutions—including Prophet 21, iScala, and Epicor ERP. There are more than 1,200 services available using a variety of protocols and standards. Our service-oriented approach offers both high performance and network-optimized access to services.

High interoperable access makes integrations to any outside system as easy as possible. By exposing business logic as web services, Epicor allows you to build your own business rules to achieve made-to-order process workflows that meet your unique needs. With Epicor SOA, you can better manage your business processes and access your system anywhere, anytime, and anyway you want.